I agree with many of Jerry Bledsoe's criticisms of N&R articles about November 3, 1979, including the importance of the previous confrontation at China Grove, the responsibility of the CWP for the location and nature of its rally, and the motives and success of the CWP's union organizing mission. I've said so in print, and the TRC report supports these arguments.
But for Jerry's long and detailed article dealing largely with the police, the march, the contested nature of the relationship between police and CWP, and omissions in media coverage to omit any mention of the police informant riding with the Klan that day, and to gloss over the lack of police presence at the site of the deadly shootings...well, it's a bit odd, don't you think?
UPDATE: Bledsoe did mention in the previous installment of the series that CID officer Rooster Cooper "had an informant in the Klan, Eddie Dawson, who led Klan members to Morningside Homes."
Also, the October 31,1999 article he cites by Ahearn was accompanied by a sidebar and a map, which between them contain much of the information discussed:
FAST-FORWARD COUNTDOWN TO AN 88-SECORD DISASTER...AND A SLOW, 20-YEAR - RECKONING FOR GREENSBORO
Date: October 31, 1999 Page: A6
MILITANT COMMUNISTS ON THE LEFT
In the late 1970s, a group of hard-core Marxists...is agitating for its vision of social and economic change in Greensboro.
...In 1979, the established textile union decertifies and seizes control of locals organized by Communists. Their labor efforts thus stymied, the leftists seek confrontations with the most sensational symbol of racial division between the black and white working class: the Ku Klux Klan...
...(PHOTO) The Associated Press - Forsyth Nazi leader Wayne Wood strikes a kung-fu pose during a confrontation with leftists in China Grove on July 8, 1979. Police prevent violence, and as leftists walk away with clenched fists, white supremacists vow revenge.
...(PHOTO) A CWP flier for the Nov. 3 march likewise uses provocative rhetoric to taunt the Klan. A flier, posted in black neighborhoods, asks residents along the parade route to stand on their porches with shotguns to defend the march.
RED FLAGS As the march draws near, local and federal investigators have several indications of potential violence...Dawson tells Cooper the Nazi-Klan contingent has guns. Cooper and a police photographer, in plain clothes and an unmarked car, tail the Nazi-Klan caravan all morning and are still following as the cars arrive at Morningside.
...STICKS AND STONES: WORDS TURN DEADLY The demonstrators, despite their violent words, are not heavily armed as they assemble the morning of Nov. 3. One shotgun is placed in a truck but never fired by the Communists. Four others carry low-caliber handguns, including a derringer and another gun that jams.